Wednesday
Aug182010

200,000 people

I just broke 200,000 people in my gedcom! They are all relatives or relatives of relatives.

Congratulations to Thomas B. Hires, born 17 Sep 1824, son of John Hires and Phebe Burch. His first wife had two marriages and divorces and was a major timesuck, but I figured it out.

-andrea

P.S. That means it took 1 year, 10 months, and 13 days to enter the last 100,000 people in my database.

Sunday
Jun202010

Arlington National Cemetery

Click here to read about the disturbing handling of things at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

This is why I check on every single one of my relatives. Some are where they should be, some are unmarked in a giant pit outside Philadelphia where they were placed after Lafayette Cemetery and Union Burial Ground were exhumed to make way for "progress."

Arlington should hire me, I'll have it cataloged in no time.

Friday
Apr232010

Forensic Genealogy Photography

A friend of mine passed along this link:

http://www.dvafoto.com/2010/04/historical-analysis-of-photos-a-lesson-in-determining-time-and-date-of-vintage-photography/

Maybe your old photos were all taken during an equinox!

 

Monday
Apr052010

Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia, PA)

I just received my Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia, PA) newsletter in the mail today. Great news! The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery has contracted with webCemeteries.com to transcribe all of Laurel Hill's internments!

I cannot wait! I find more and more relatives buried there everyday thanks to pilot.familysearch.org

Wednesday
Aug122009

Gravediggers' Ball

I just got my invitation in the mail o the Gravediggers' Ball fundraiser held by Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.
My dress is ready to go.

www.gravediggersball.org

 

They do a lot of clever and successful fundraising for the cemetery.

Friday
Jul242009

Mark Loper & Son milk bottle

I came across a reference to this auction taking place on ebay at some point. It wasn't in the completed auctions.

It was for this:

Old Milk Bottle Deerfield NJ Ayrshire Mark Loper & son

 

I'm very interested in seeing this item as I had no idea my uncle had anything involving bottles, his brother-in-law was the glass factory owner. Then again, I'm not sure as to the date on it, so it could be his grandson.

 

-andrea

Thursday
Jul232009

Advice To A Married Couple (circa 1863)

I just won a book given to my 5th cousin 4x removed* on his wedding day on ebay. Capt. Ephraim Mulford (1836-1905) and Sarah "Sallie" Westcott (1838-1917).

It's a small hand-held book entitled The Christian Minister's Affectionate Advice to a Married Couple.

Chapter 1: Important nature of the Marriage Union- Danger of reminissness in Duties formerly paid-Treatment of Relations

 

Should be an interesting read.

-andrea

 

*his younger brother Edwin married a closer cousin of mine

Sunday
May242009

Memorial Day, 1869

West Jersey Pioneer (Bridgeton, Cumberland, NJ)
Friday, May 28, 1869

Decoration of Soldiers’ Graves

On Saturday of this week this beautiful and touching memorial service over the graves of our departed soldiers, is to be performed all over the Union. We are confident that the people of Bridgeton will not be behind other communities in their appreciation of this solemn festival, and that large numbers will testify their appreciation of the soldiers’ memory by floral contributions as well as personal attendance. We repeat the notice of last week that persons having flowers to donate can leave their names at the stores of Garrison & Bright, T. Fletcher Jacobs, G. W. R. DeYoung and Mr. Moore, while those who may prefer bringing them themselves, can leave them at the hall in Carll’s building, on the morning of that day. The ladies are invited to come to the hall, both on Friday evening and Saturday morning, to assist in the preparation of the flowers. We hope that the participation in this ceremony will be so general as to make it one ofthe most interesting occasions which our citizens have known.

We understand that the citizens of Shiloh and vicinity will decorate the graves in their burial ground, on Sunday afternoon next, at 4 o’clock. A public meeting will be held in the church of that place, at which time addresses will be made by Rev. W. B. Gillette, Prof. O. U. Whitford, Hon. C. H. Sheppard, and others. These exercises will no doubt be highly interesting.

Wednesday
Apr222009

George H. Ogden (1856-1930)

About 1910, George H. Ogden became superintendent of the Broad Street cemetery. In this work he took great pride, and under his administration, great improvemetns wer emade. mr. Ogden took great pride in the historic old Broad Street Presbyterian Church, and to many visitors showed one of the finest examples of Colonial architecture in South Jersey.

 

(from his obit April 1930)

Thursday
Apr162009

obituary of Ann Maria Elwell (1813-1832)

Ann Maria Elwell, daughter of John Mayhew Elwell Sr. and Rachel Brooks
10 Nov 1813 - 15 Oct 1832

 

The Observer, Bridgeton, NJ
Oct 20, 1832

Departed this life, on the 15th inst. Miss ANN MARIA ELWELL, daughter of John Elwell, late of Hopewell, in the 19th year of her age. In this afflicting bereavement, we behold the inscrutable dealings of Divine Providence. Maria was young, the only daughter of a fond mother, who already consigned three of her children within a short period to an early grave. In Maria she had cherished the tender hope of comfort and society in her declining years. But alas, it is a flattering delusion. The work of ruin commences; already disease riots in the blood, her nervous system stinks beneath the shock, and dissolution spreads its fatal ravages over her frame. Possessed of a constitution naturally very delicate, she falls an easy victim to the fell destroyer. During her illness she was patient, calm, resigned, and affectionate. And as the closing scene advanced, she gradually declined, yielding up her Spirit to God, without a sigh, a struggle or a groan.